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April 3, 2014

Allen Chapel’s annual BBQ event slated for next weekend

TERRE HAUTE — Allen Chapel AME Church in Terre Haute has scheduled its annual barbecue fundraising event for April 12.

Retired chef and former owner of the Black Skillet, Stephen Miller, will again come from Cincinnati to prepare the barbecue. Miller gives this service in honor of his mother, Thelma Benton, one of the longest serving members of the Chapel’s congregation.

Meals will be served from noon to 6 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall at Third and Crawford streets.

The full menu for the event will include slabs and one-half slabs of barbecued ribs; barbecued rib and chicken dinners; fish dinners; and chicken, fish and pulled pork sandwiches. The dinners will include a choice of two sides: baked beans, potato salad, green beans and cole slaw. A full slab of barbecued ribs is $20, and a half slab is $11. Dinner prices are $9 and $10. Sandwiches are $5 to $7. Home-baked desserts will include peach, strawberry, sweet potato and chess pies, whole or by the slice. Pop and water are available for $1.

Call-ahead orders can be placed at 812-234-5780, beginning at 11 a.m. The hall is accessible to all.

Allen Chapel is one of the few churches on the National Register of Historical Places. The members provided shelter and assistance to runaway slaves through the Underground Railroad, and the Rev. Hiram Revels founded there one of the first schools for African-American children in the United States. Frederick Douglas came twice to Terre Haute in 1868 to raise money for the building of Allen Chapel.

The Congregation has met without fail and with only two exceptions for services at the Chapel every Sunday since its founding in 1837. In 2012, the Congregation and its pastor, the Rev. Tonya Burris-Mallory, celebrated the 175th anniversary of its founding.

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